Minister for Health and Social Affairs
“Health and social care must work, regardless of who you are or where in the country you live. I see this as my most important task for the coming years. It is about people in Sweden being safe in the knowledge that they can expect health and social care of the very highest quality. And we will deliver it.”
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Swedish experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the whole world and represents a global challenge the likes of which we have not seen for decades. All affected countries are now trying to solve the crisis with as few negative consequences as possible for people’s lives and health.
Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren on the Swedish COVID-19 strategy
At a press briefing on June 11, Lena Hallengren, Minister for Health and Social Affairs, summarised three months of transmission of COVID-19 in Sweden.
About COVID-19: For older people, people with health conditions and health care and social services staff
Here you can read about measures, advice and restrictions that concern older people, people with health conditions, risk groups and health and social care staff. This is the third article in a series about the work of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in response to the COVID-19 virus.
Decisions and guidelines in the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs’ policy areas to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus
The Government continues to maintain a close dialogue with relevant expert government agencies on effective measures to counter the spread of the coronavirus, which can cause COVID-19. Read more below about the most recent recommendations and decisions in the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs’ policy areas of public health, medical care, social care and social insurance.
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Work in the areas of public health, medical care, social care and social insurance with regard to the COVID-19 virus
There is now an ongoing outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Swedish Government is following developments carefully and is in continuous contact with the responsible authorities. Below is a selection of the Government’s decisions and initiatives that have been taken so far in the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs’ areas.
Government contributing SEK 40 million to WHO’s emergency fund
In light of the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, which is caused by SARS-CoV-2, the Government has decided to contribute SEK 40 million to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Contingency Fund for Emergencies. The aim of the fund is to strengthen the WHO’s ability to act rapidly, without negatively affecting its other activities, when, for example, there is an outbreak of communicable diseases.
Discussions, meetings and collaboration for developing Sweden
Interesting discussions and new perspectives characterised the National Innovation Council meeting and thematic day at Linnaeus University in Kalmar on 23 October. The aim of the Council’s regional meetings is to learn from local and regional experiences and to develop the national policy. Alongside the meeting, various workshops were also organised as part of the Innovation Council’s thematic day.
New state secretaries at the Government Offices
The Government today appointed 31 state secretaries at the Government Offices. Former state secretaries have been dismissed from their positions. Most of the state secretaries have previously held corresponding positions at the Government Offices.
· Press release from Amanda Lind, Anders Ygeman, Anna Ekström , Åsa Lindhagen, Hans Dahlgren, Ibrahim Baylan, Isabella Lövin, Jennie Nilsson, Lena Hallengren, Magdalena Andersson, Matilda Ernkrans, Mikael Damberg, Morgan Johansson, Per Bolund, Peter Eriksson, Peter Hultqvist, Stefan Löfven, Tomas Eneroth, Government, Government Offices, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Employment, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment, Prime Minister's Office
Lena Hallengren on investments in care for older people
In this film, Minister for the Elderly Lena Hallengren talks about investments in care for older people for 2015–2018. For example, the Government has invested SEK 7 billion to increase staffing levels in care for older people, it will be easier to receive home-help services, a dementia strategy has been adopted and investment support for housing for older people is now available.
Government agencies and authorities respond to effects of drought and heat
Rescue services, government agencies and local authorities are engaged in intensive efforts in response to the forest fires raging around the country, the widespread drought and the ongoing heat wave. More information about these efforts is available below. Crisis preparedness is part of the remit of every government agency and authority.
Continued intensive efforts in response to the dry, hot summer
The prolonged heat and drought have impacted many sectors of society. There have been numerous forest fires, the agricultural sector has been severely affected by the drought and groundwater levels have dropped. The extreme temperatures can also cause health problems, especially among older people and the sick. The Government is following developments closely and taking the necessary decisions. The Government Offices is in continuous contact with the responsible government agencies.